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Opponents this fall will line up against 10 grim seniors who can be a comfort only to their boss, Coach Bobby Dobbs . He can cast fond eyes on fine-faking End Bud Kelly, the team's leading receiver (21 catches in 1959), Tackle Joe Novsek and Guard Mack Reeves. But Dobbs can get downright paternal when he takes in his high-spirited backs. One quarterback, Jerry Keeling, has the bright shiny gleam of an All-America candidate. He can throw the ball long, nosing it into the arms of a fast-moving back, or he can fire the ball short at a button-hooking end. If he's rushed, however, he can tuck the ball under his arm and take off around his pursuers. Keeling has been doing this for two years, and last year gained 1,206 yards, running and passing. The rest of the backs have certain quality. Halfback Joe Cheap in 1959 led the team in punt and kickoff returns, tied with Keeling and Fullback Dave White in scoring (24 points). White gained 429 yards rushing, but he may be pushed aside by transfer Dean Hendryx.
The Broncos see themselves as spoilers. They haven't the offensive stuff of which champions are made, but they can be expected to be big, rough and mean on defense. The line is stocked with mountainous men. Tackles John Lomokoski (240) and Jim Habel (230) and Guard Ken Reasor (220) are apt to make runners suffer for every yard gained. The linebackers, Guard MikeSnodgrass (210), Center Leroy Repischak (190) and Fullback Bob Jeffrey (205), exact grudging tribute with their rattling tackles. Their one defensive weakness might be wide plays. Coach Merle Schlosser's straight-T offense with a belly series is in the doldrums. Last year's best ground-gainer and the league-leading receiver have both graduated, and their replacements, Sophomore Fullback Jeffrey and Sophomore End Bob Selva, do not have proud skills. The halfbacking is negligible too. But the Broncos do pass. Quarterback Ed Chlebek and his understudy completed 65 of 129 passes in 1959 for 1,021 yards.
Semi-arid Wichita has become lakes country and for one good reason—Roland Lakes. He is a 245-pound center whose line-sweeping blocks and upending tackles have twice won him selection to the all-conference team. Flanked by sturdy Guards Paul Jones and Larry Stoelzing, Lakes and company present a hard middle. The outside, led by burly 212-pound Tackle Bill Seigle and long-striding End Nels Toburen (6 feet 4, 225 pounds), is hardy too. The good defense runs straight through to the backfield. But Wichita hasn't got everything. Two short halfbacks, Willie Mallory, 5 feet 10, and Jack Hayes, 5 feet 9, are going to miss some of those long, looping passes thrown over them. Hank Foldberg, Army end of a few years back, came up from Florida to take over the head coach's office. He redesigned the offense and hopes to get more scoring with Sophomore Quarterback Alex Zyskowski calling the multiple-T plays. Zyskowski can pitch out to Mallory and Hayes or hand off to chugging Fullback Lusker.
The Badgers lost 17 lettermen, including nine starters, from the 1959 Rose Bowl team. With at least four first-year men becoming starters, they will probably finish out the season in the conference wasteland. But they may not stay there long. Two sophomores—Halfbacks Merritt Norvell and Brad Armstrong, quick of foot but uncertain ball handlers—bring speed to the backfield for the first time since 1953. Skittery end flights by high-stepping halfbacks open the defense for up-the-middle power of Fullback Tom Wiesner. Jim Bakken, last year's reserve quarterback, may be unseated for the starting role in Coach Milt Bruhn's pro-type T offense by transfer John Fabry, who punts and passes with finesse. The line is inexperienced and somewhat slow, but there too a sophomore shows promise. He is End Pat Richter, 6 feet 5, 227 pounds, perhaps the best man on the line. Brian Moore, 231-pound tackle, has strength and quickness but has yet to live up to his lively expectations.
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Cincinnati usually is a quiet football town, but if the Musketeers come near to their potential there will be cheering in the streets. Coach Ed Doherty watched patiently last year while the predominantly sophomore lineup learned through error. Now, there are 16 lettermen returning, including all but one of last year's starters. The defense has been hardened, and the soft spots at center and linebacker have been filled solidly by Sophomore Dick Kohles. The interior line, averaging 215 pounds, is strong and fast, with Guard Vince Hannon the most effective. The other guard is John Nelson, who as a sophomore linebacker led the team with 58 tackles. A straight T with flankers will allow bullet-passing Quarterback Ron Costello more varied pass patterns to reach sure-handed Ends Jim Mullen (31 receptions), Allen Smith (21), and Halfback Larry Cox. Last year Costello completed 93 of 151 passes for 1,062 yards. Also there will be Halfback Irv Etler, who last year passed 599 yards for four touchdowns.
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